BEIRUT: Lebanon and Norway signed a three-year agreement Tuesday under which Oslo will support the Lebanese government’s efforts to develop its infant oil and gas sector.

A statement from Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry said the deal was signed between Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Energy Minister Arthur Nazarian and Norway’s Foreign Ministry State Secretary Bard Pederson.

The signing ushered in the second phase of the “oil for development” project under which Norway will offer technical support to the Lebanese Petroleum Administration and pertinent ministries, including the Energy, Environment and Finance ministries.

Nazarian said Lebanon would benefit from Norway’s know-how and expertise in order to manage its oil resources in the most sustainable and profitable way.

“The Norwegian government was quick to respond to Lebanon’s demand for more expertise [in the oil sector],” Nazarian said at the signing ceremony at Palis Boustros, the seat of Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry.

Pederson meanwhile praised the “great cooperation” between Lebanon and Norway, stressing that his country “will transfer all its oil expertise to Lebanon to enable it to manage its oil resources in a way that would bring great benefits to all the Lebanese people.”

Norway has been involved in helping develop Lebanon’s oil and gas sector since 2006.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 28, 2015, on page 5.